Comments:Obama succeeds Bush as 44th president of the United States
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November 5, January 20, in historyEdit
My birthday is November 5, 1953, and on November 4, November 5, in the Philippines, I congratulate Obama ...I had been appointed Philipppines judge on my birthday, Nov. 4/5, 1998, 10 years ago, exactly, at the age of 45, the youngest judge, in the Philippines.
- I was persecuted and charged of consulting dwarfs and more importantly of predicting the downfall of our former President w:Joseph Estrada on Good Friday, April 1998. He failed to finish his term at 12:25 noon January 20, 2001, as I predicted. I was suspended on July 20, 1999 and jobless ever since in pretend world. I was removed by final dwarf decision on April 7, 2006, and is jobless until now at age 56. But I found my work here as inspiration from the Black man. I PREDICT that America will see the light soon. I do not care for my country since I do not believe in nationalism. I only have faith in God: Mary and the Eucharist as center of the world which suffers so much. My country will never ever see the light since our leaders and would be leaders are marked with 666 'The Beast'.
- I lost faith in our Philippine corrupt leaders and jurists, and Obama's "I have A Dream" inspires us ... to go on.
Here is what I wrote as requested by Wire Forums on my birthday Nov. 5Edit
In Time: "I Have A Dream"
- 45 years ago, on a timeless and defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement of August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., ascended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He spoke of his desire for a future where blacks and whites among others would coexist harmoniously as equals. He said:
- "I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.
- One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men - yes, black men as well as white men - would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends - so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."
The American Dream
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"Edit
Last night Jan. 19, I saw in CNN cable the entire speech of King, Jr. Free at last. Yes, in OBAMA, I see the living light, I am free at last, and I PREDICT that the disasters and accidents I write on Wikinews will befell evil - my detractors in the Philippines. Yes, I can!
- "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!" And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring - when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children - black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" Read more--Florentino Floro (talk) 07:37, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
I saw history as it happened this morning…Edit
I live in Texas, so I'm writing this from a Central Time perspective.
I was up at my local community college this morning. After one class ended, I went down to the lobby. They had brought in a projector, so that people could watch it happen. At 10:45, I joined a growing crowd of people at the projector. Shortly after I arrived, Rick Warren delivered the invocation. Then Aretha performed. A couple of people clapped after her performance. Then Associate Justice Stevens came to the stage. It was about 11:00. "This is it!" I exclaimed. But instead of administering Obama's oath, he administered Biden's oath. Then I remembered someone mentioning to me last night that the Vice President is sworn in first. A few people clapped, including me. Thereafter, a band performed briefly.
After all of this, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of the office of President to Barack Obama. When he finished, all of us who were watching from my local community college burst into applause. And I clearly remember being the first person in the audience to clap. Unfortunately, I had go on to my next class before he could very far into his inaugural address. But I'll simply watch it later. I can't complain, for as it was, I had already seen history as it happened.
What only a couple of people who were watching with me knew was that I had voted for Ron Paul last spring and Bob Barr in November (and do not see myself voting for President Obama in 2012). In spite of this, I was just as happy as everyone else. What happened today reflects the way America has changed over the past four decades. That Obama has been elected shows that the vast majority of Americans have moved past thinking in terms of race. Also, as Ronald Reagan said in the beginning of his first inaugural address, it is miraculous that the change from one President to another always occurs so smoothly. This shows respect for the rule of law is a deeply rooted tradition in America. On a similar note, I decided to let today just be one of those days where we all come together and just be the Americans we all are.
18.104.22.168 22:19, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
There have been 43 people sworn into office, and 44 presidencies, due to the fact that Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms and is counted chronologically as both the 22nd and the 24th president.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk • contribs)
What a tragedy, the official induction of an American socialist... --126.96.36.199 06:13, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
Obama is very suspicious to me. He is so damn smart that he is either a very good person or the worst ever. He can't be in between because his speeches and all appearances are far to perfect, nothing in them is normal!188.8.131.52 21:42, 26 January 2009 (UTC)